A couple of city council meetings are slated for today—one in Boise, a second in Eagle. Their agendas are very telling of where their priorities are.
In Eagle, they still haven’t decided what to do about a chief executive. It was last March when Phil Bandy abruptly resigned as mayor. Three members of the Eagle Council, John Grasser, Mike Huffaker and Al Shoushtarian all say they should be mayor. About a dozen more citizens have also expressed interest. But the council still hasn’t decided who should lead the city or even how to choose the next mayor. Last month, a resolution calling for a special election to name a successor to Bandy died on a vote of 2-2. On this evening’s agenda, the issue is listed as “unfinished business.” Things get underway at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle City Hall.
At Boise City Hall later today, the Capital City Development Corporation is expected to propose a new urban renewal district for what is commonly known as the 30th Street area, bordered by State Street, the Boise River and Veterans Memorial Park. It includes the under-construction 55-acre Esther Simplot and 30-acre Bernardine Quinn parks. Today, CCDC will unveil a 95-page report, characterizing some parts of the area as unsafe, with dilapidated buildings and low property values. The urban renewal agency wants to create the new district in the next five to 11 months. The Boise City Council is briefed at its work session this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.